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Children: Obesity

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason school nurses are not permitted to pass on the names of children who they assess to be obese to their GPs; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

School nurses do not hold a data base of children who are overweight or obese. If a school nurse, as the lead for the Healthy Child Programme (5-19), identifies a child who is overweight or obese they would work with the child and family, together with other professionals, to provide evidenced-based interventions regarding healthy weight and healthy eating. Parents would be encouraged to discuss the issue with their local general practitioner. School nurses would only share information as agreed within the local data sharing protocol.

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